Viagra Use May Put Patients at Risk of Developing Dangerous Melanoma

Since 1998, men throughout the country have turned to the popular drug Viagra to treat their erectile dysfunction. It is estimated that approximately 45 million men have used the medication, which is produced by Pfizer. Frighteningly, however, it has now been shown through the results of a 2014 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that Viagra use may increase the risk of developing melanoma by as much as double. Many victims are now pursuing legal action against the drug’s manufacturer as a result.

What Is Viagra and Why Is it Used?

Viagra is the first oral medication designed to treat erectile dysfunction in the United States. The drug was originally used as a A Doctor Holding a Handful of Viagra With a Prescription Padtreatment for chest pain and high blood pressure. During clinical trials, researchers discovered an increase in erections amongst the participants. It was therefore approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1998 to treat impotence, a condition that affects nearly half of all men aged 40 and above and nearly three-quarters of men by the time they reach age 70. Despite the link between use of the drug and various adverse side effects, doctors continue to prescribe the medication to millions of patients each year.

Why Viagra Use Is So Dangerous

Unfortunately, the link between Viagra use and melanoma is a dangerous and frightening reality for anyone who uses the drug. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer. If the disease has spread, or metastasized, treatment is usually difficult and the prognosis is typically poor. According to the Melanoma Research Foundation, an estimated 10,000 deaths will occur due to melanoma annually, with one person dying from the disease every hour of every day.

Many of the men who choose to take Viagra are already included in the age group that is at higher risk for developing melanoma. The 2014 study followed over 25,000 men during a 10-year period. The results of the study showed an increase risk of developing melanoma—even for men who only took Viagra for a short time period. Researchers believe that Viagra may potentially cause melanoma by causing cells in the skin to increase production of melanin. This may then cause the cells to grow too large, causing cancer to form.

Why You Should Consider a Viagra Lawsuit After Developing Melanoma

If you took Viagra and have since been diagnosed with melanoma, you may be entitled to compensation. Pfizer has not provided any warning to patients or physicians of the potential link between Viagra use and an increased risk of developing skin cancer. It is important to consider pursuing a legal claim for many reasons, including the following:

  1. The cost of treating melanoma can be exceedingly high. If you do not pursue a claim for compensation, many of these costs may come from your own pocket, even if you have medical insurance.
  2. A melanoma diagnosis can create significant emotional suffering for victims and their families. Any cancer diagnosis will likely create fear and stress. Unfortunately, melanoma is a very dangerous form of cancer that can significantly impact a victim’s ability to enjoy daily life.
  3. Treatments for melanoma can require a significant amount of time in addition to take a physical toll.
  4. Pursuing a lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturer may help other people avoid suffering the same fate.

An experienced attorney can review the facts and circumstances surrounding your case and help you decide how best to move forward.

Damages You May Be Entitled to After a Melanoma Diagnosis Caused by Viagra Use

If you are successful in your pursuit of a legal action regarding Viagra use, you may be entitled to various types of damages. These damages may include the following:

  1. Costs of your medical treatment. These treatments may include skin biopsies, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and ongoing doctor’s visits. Drugs used to administer chemotherapy can easily cost $30,000 per year or more.
  2. Lost income caused by your inability to work. Suffering from melanoma can make it extremely difficult to continue working. As a result, you may be unable to continue earning a living to support yourself or your family. Lost income may include future earnings as well as the lost income you have already experienced.
  3. Pain and suffering. This may include the physical pain associated with your melanoma or the drugs used to treat it, mental anguish, and diminished enjoyment of life.
  4. Attorney fees and other legal fees associated with the lawsuit. Often, these costs can quickly add up.

For melanoma sufferers, these damages may provide a much-needed financial lifeline at a time of tremendous financial, emotional, and physical strain.

Ready to learn more about the link between Viagra and melanoma? We encourage you to contact us today to begin the process at 855-947-0707.